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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
He deserved to start the season with the big club and team brass should have no regrets about rewarding him for a strong preseason.
However, GM Brad Treliving should also have no reservations about sending him down, perhaps as soon as the road trip concludes, as No. 13 is clearly in over his head at this point — something completely understandable given his slight 5-foot-9 frame.
Let him regain his confidence and scoring touch in the minors before bringing him back up.
Don’t let him become the next Sven Baertschi.
The Flames are working hard at “managing expectations,” and, by any measure, Gaudreau isn’t living up to them yet, no matter how low a bar they’ve set internally.
Johnny Gaudreau with a deek then the backhand goes top-shelf, far corner.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
The success Johnny Gaudreau has had the past many years has him believing even greater things can come.
But an engine behind his push is one big disappointment.
The accolades Gaudreau received over the last few years include winning the Hobey Baker Award last season as the top player in the NCAA, numerous all-star and MVP honours and even scoring a goal in his NHL debut.
But the Calgary Flames hopeful also remembers the sting of not making the U.S. world junior team for the 2012 championship, and he’s using it for motivation as he approaches his first NHL training camp.
“It’s just like growing up. As a smaller player, I got cut from a few teams, and it’s a terrible feeling to get cut. I hope I don’t have that feeling again,” Gaudreau said Thursday after he and the other team hopefuls reported for fitness-testing and medicals in anticipation of prospects camp.
“You try to make sure you don’t have that feeling again, get that feeling out of your stomach. I think that is what’s driving me to make this team this year.”
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